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25 May 2008 @ 04:17 pm
yesterday  
Yesterday consisted of productiveness and fun and being put in my place.

I drove (go me!) to Terenure, where we had lunch and spent a lot of money on a light. I've been thinking about this light for quite a while. I hope it's the right choice. We won't know for sure till it's up. That's it on the light shopping for now. Any rooms we haven't bought a light for are just getting the standard fittings and we'll buy lamp shades or replace the fittings later.

Then I drove to niallm and radegund's, getting another example of not knowing how to drive in Dublin until you've done it. Neither of us knew which lane to be in a junction and it was all confusing and broke my concentration for the rest of the trip.

I played trains with the Oyster and somehow got into a conversation with him about my driving.

"Why do you have to practise?"

"Because I'm learning and I don't know things like how slow to go at corners"

"Why are you learning?"

"Because I didn't learn before."

"And you don't know about trains either."

That put me in my place! But he did teach me a few things about trains. I must do some study before I call round again, or I'll fall even further in his estimation!

In the evening, we went round to caturah's to watch the Eurovision. I voted for Spain (I can't believe I actually took part in a televote - I've never done that before), but was quite fond of Azerbijan too. We missed the first 7 or 8 songs, so didn't hear UK till caturah brought it up on youtube afterwards. It was pretty good - shouldn't have come joint last. I wonder if skipping the semi finals counts against those countries, due to unfamiliarity?

On the way home, we took a wrong turn and ended up on a quiet street. Nuteile slowed the car because he thought there was a rat on the road. Turned out it was a hedgehog! I don't think I've ever seen one in the wild before. Very cute. Unfortunately, not very clever. It continued to sit in front of the car. We considered driving around it, but didn't want the next car to hit it either. Finally, I started to get out, thinking I could prod it with the map, and if it rolled up, roll it off the road! But it didn't wait for me to get out of the car and trundled over to the pavement and drove on. I wish I'd had my camera with me.
 
 
 
unavunav on May 26th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
That's some good driving! Good thing you learnt a few things about trains too.
a very caring potato: drivingmollydot on May 26th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Vroom vroom!

Apparently, the action that I thought made the whistle go actually starts and stops the train. Good job I was driving a sofa, not a real train.